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Feds could prosecute man who spit on debris worker

3 years 8 months 5 days ago September 16, 2013 Sep 16, 2013 Monday, September 16 2013 September 16, 2013 5:45 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- News 2 has learned the FBI is investigating the Josh Jambon, the man accused of assaulting three Hurricane Isaac debris workers last year in Grand Isle.  Attorneys representing one of the alleged victims, said the FBI turned over its findings to the Department of Justice.  Jambon could be prosecuted for a federal hate crime.

James Benton is representing Brandi Worley.  She pulled out her cell phone and began recording.  The video appears to show a man going off on a profanity laced tirade and spitting in her face.  Jambon's attorney said his client regrets his actions and is currently working to resolve all matters. 

"Everybody who watched the video, it's clear it was a hate crime," Worley's attorney James Benton said.

Worley was with two other debris workers during the alleged assault.  Court documents News 2 obtained show, Jambon allegedly slapped two of them before spitting in Worley's face.

"They (federal investigators) want to see if he violated any federal laws, because Ms. Worley and other women involved were subcontractors for FEMA," Benton said.

"He did the cruelest thing he could do demean me, break me and make me feel less than human," Worley told News 2 last year.

Even though Jambon's attorney said his client regrets his actions, Worley's attorneys wonder if that comes a little too late.

"We're not going to tolerate this conduct here in Louisiana," Dexter Woodberry said. "In the south or the United States, that type of conduct should not be tolerated."

If the Feds choose to prosecute Jambon there could be serious consequences if convicted.
He could face a hefty fine and up to ten years in prison.

The FBI could not confirm or deny that an investigation was underway, which is standard procedure.

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